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's just match that for medicare. seems like an easy idea. it would cost more to the health-care system than it would save for the federal government. everything in health care is harder than it looks. there are a lot of people who talk about waste in medicare. it is a $550 billion a year program. everybody agrees you need to change the incentive. everybody agrees it is backwards. how do you fix it? nobody is quite sure. getting paid for outcomes rather than inputs. will that work? everybody hopes so. it is about having less incentive to do more and have more money. not easy. host: crain @ republican line -- craig. caller: the conditions on medicare -- there is too much bureaucracy. batteries for a wheelchair cost $500 apiece. if you buy them personally at an agency, the battery is much more proficient quality and it is only $135 a battery. too much profit-making in medicare. the dual eligibility -- too much overlapping bureaucracy. california is still the number 1 in the red state. guest: one of the big plays that everybody is looking for savings -- 9 million people are eligible for me
, but when you need it, you can not produce it overnight. the drivers of the dead are health-care -- not social security -- of the debt our health care -- not social security so much. we should send out a framework where negotiations could begin because the program will go broke. people drop out of the programs more than they put in. the average couple will spend $119,000 and draw out $340,000. that population is exploding as baby boomers retire. host: on the defense cuts to come under sequestration, does the gop proposal address that? guest: yes, it does. sequestration is not a good deal, this is something both sides think it is not a smart way to cut. is just -- sides think. it is not a smart way to cut. it is just across the board. it is heavy-handed and it is on top of half of $1 trillion in defense cuts and we have already made and you will lose another 100,000 people in your army that is already dropping. you cannot sustain defense. nothing is more expensive than war. war in the middle east triples the price of oil over night is important to discourage an attack -- overnight
: that was an additional surtax. it was a way to pay for parts of the healthcare law. they will see the top rates a bump of 3.8% come january 1. that seems unlikely to be changed as part of the fiscal cliff negotiations. you'll still see that surtax on top of that. host: this from twitter. guest: i leave that as it is. host: is that how much it could go up? guest: yes. host: currently it is 35%. go ahead, mark. caller: the previous caller mentioned capital gains -- the recent point about the medicare surcharge to pay for the affordable care act. if he thought it could be a solution to kill both of those birds with one stone. guest: i'm not a health-care expert. host: no problem. we have this from twitter. guest: i believe that is the case. tom in california, go ahead. caller: i have several issues with the estate tax. i am a farmer if it comes back to the normal 1 million exemptions. we work together to build this estate. it wasn't just my parents but it is in my parents' name. i have to pay tax to something i have contributed to. host: help people understand how farmers fall into this estate tax? how i
.s. health-care industry. dr. marty makary on what hospitals won't tell you. his latest is "unaccountable." saturday night at 10:00 eastern on "after words" on c-span2. "washington journal" continues. host: we have been focusing on different parts of the fiscal cliff discussion. today we're looking at tax extenders for businesses and individuals. joining us is sam goldfarb, a tax writer for cq roll call. what our tax extenders? guest: they are temporary tax breaks. some people are concerned the entire tax code is turning into a big tax extender. they are considered to be a small provision and targeted at specific types of businesses. host: why are they temporary? guest: a lot of people say they should be made permanent or they should be eliminated altogether. it is easier to pass when they are temporary. they keep on being extended and extended. host: we will look at some of these. these are some of the tax extenders and the cost of continuing the tax breaks through 2013. host: some of those are really specific. guest: that is the idea. they have become a case study in what some people th
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